Monday, May 18, 2015

LYNDA BENGLIS - WATER SOURCES



Mark Di Suvero, Bob Spring, and Lynda Benglis

On Saturday May 16, 2015 Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY celebrated the installation and opening of Lynda Benglis exhibition Water Sources.  It was a memorable day with many highlights.  One notable moment was the coming together of Bob Spring, Lynda Benglis, and Mark Di Suvero.  Two of Lynda's bronze fountains on exhibit developed from work Bob and Lynda did in the 1980's, and furthered for Lynda's 2009 retrospective at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.  Bob and Mark joked about old times, as many years ago Mark came to the foundry and asked Bob to cast a few of his works.

After lunch Bob and Jeffrey joined Lynda for a walk to review the installation.  Modern Art Foundry cast Crescendo and North South East West.  In creating both works Lynda layered additional pourings of foam at the foundry.  Lynda is quoted in the exhibition guide: "the foundries are my studios, and their employees, my collaborators."

"Working with Lynda on this exhibition was a very rewarding experience for me.  Yes there were challenges and Lynda made demands.  Lynda requires you to be present and hands on. My working days with Lynda will always be a special memory"  - Jeffrey Spring


Lynda Benglis - Water Sources on exhibit at Storm King Art Center until November 8, 2015.   
Storm King Art Center is located at 1 Museum Road New Windsor NY 12553.  
Additional information at www.stormking.org.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Modern Art Foundry 
Congratulates 
Mia Fonssagrives-Solow 
on the opening of her exhibition ...
 
ROBOTS


 
Featuring unique bronze and aluminum works
cast following our specialized direct casting services.
 
Exhibition until April 4, 2015
For more information: www.kasherpotamkin.com
515 West 26th Street, New York

Modern Art Foundry offers fine art casting services, and with over eighty years experience we hope you will choose us for your next project. 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Two cans of Ballantine Ale cast in bronze .....

When interviewing Bob Spring about his visit to the exhibition "Casting Modernity: Bronze in the XXth Century," he mused, "It's enjoyable to be reminded of the work we've done" and with that thought he recalled the Jasper Johns work "Flashlight," at the exhibition. 
                                                                                                                (Vintage photo @ MAF/Beer cans & Light bulbs)

Bob specifically remembered Johns work titled "Painted Bronze," which features two cans of Ballantine Ale cast in bronze. There is a publicized story about this work evolving out of a comment made by Willem de Kooning (also featured in Casting Modernity and a past customer of Modern Art Foundry) to Johns's gallerist Leo Castelli. Bob continued to speak about the deceiving weight of the cans; how that the one your mind believes to be heavy is light, and the opposite for the other can, it is heavy.

Modern Art Foundry's archives show this casting completed in April 1964. The interaction with Johns was brief; and Bob was working full-time in the foundry while his father was running the day-to-day operations. We did a few other works for Johns including the Light Bulb castings.

David Smith was also part of this exhibition; another artist that hired us to produce just a few works. 

At times, a foundry has brief encounters with painters, fabricators, photographers, or other artists exploring and applying different techniques and various skills to their work. Bob told me that, "Our services do not always meet the needs of these artists, but it provides a chance to explore and create, and we are willing to help them. Casting a bronze or two helps in that process." David Smith, referenced in our archives under Terminal Iron Works, explored MAF's services in 1962.

Isamu Noguchi's bronze casting, "Cronos," was represented in this exhibition too. Noguchi found his way to Modern Art Foundry in the 1960's. We developed a very good working relationship with him, lasting almost three decades. Both John and Bob Spring were responsible for the casting of his work. Bob recalls, "The reason our relationship flourished with Noguchi was because of his expertise and confidence in his work and him knowing exactly what he wanted - this fit right in with the traditional services we provided, making it easier for us to satisfy him."

The opening pages of the exhibition's catalogue refer to this show being both a celebration and discovery. It reminded Bob of the works and artists' he has worked with, and further exposed third-generation owner Jeffrey to MAF's extensive history. Whether brief, or for an artists lifetime, these interactions make MAF a major contributor to the history of fine art casting in the United States.
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--- Prepared by Patricia Bradshaw as part of the on-going documentation of Bob Spring's decades of working with artists casting their work at Modern Art Foundry. For more information contact info@modernartfoundry.com.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kristin H. Eyfells 
Receptualism brings to light new conceptions of "being" and breathes new life into the verb to be.

Receptual Art no. 9, bronze, 23.5 x 32.5 x 19 inches

In 2003 Johann Eyfells approached Modern Art Foundry to cast nine sculptures. The work was created by his wife Kristin H. Eyfells who had passed away in 2002 and Johann wanted to realize her and his desire to cast these works in bronze. Born in Iceland, Kristin was a successful entrepreneur at the age of twenty-one. Early in her career she met Johann, who is an architect and sculptor, and four years later they married and moved to the east coast of the United States. Kristin attended Hofstra University and inspired by her husband's dedication to the arts, she signed up for a sculpture class. Following a move to Gainesville, Florida, she continued her studies at the University of Florida. She began to exhibit in 1962 and has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Both Johann and Kristin's sculpture explore thoughts on Receptualism.

Receptual Art no. 4, bronze, 22 x 24.5 x 24.5 inches

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shay Rieger
(1923 - 2015)

"Pig" - bronze, 11" x 18" x 9"
It is with sadness that Modern Art Foundry shares the news of the passing of Shay Rieger. Shay first came to Modern Art Foundry in 1959, and from then until last year we continued to work with her to cast, exhibit, and sell her wonderful, inspiring, caring, and thoughtful works of art.

During the last decade, every few months, I would make early morning visits to her home/studio on Horatio Street to review any work we were doing for her. This will always be a memorable experience for me. Shay was a customer that worked with all three generations of our foundry. Her publications almost always included images of her and our craftsman engaged in bringing her work to life.  - Jeffrey Spring
                                                            
Shay was born in New York City and is the author and illustrator of several books and films which included the award-winning film, The Bronze Zoo. As a sculptor, she has worked in numerous materials such as wood, stone, plaster, clay, terra cotta, and bronze. Her animal and bird sculptures have been displayed in community centers, public parks, corporate buildings, and private homes. Her most recent sculpture installation was June of 2004, at the Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian in New York City.

In 2010, AES Gallery featured the paintings of Shay's titled, "Noah's Ark, The Renewal." The exhibition featured the unique paintings in oil and stitchery based on a book for publication. For that exhibit, she captured the escape, two by two, from the Great Flood. The show was presented by Modern Art Foundry and RT Restorations. 
A Selection from "Noah's Ark, The Renewal," Series.
Many have long enjoyed Shay's creations. She studied at the Arts Students League in Manhattan, and exhibited in New York museums such as, the Brooklyn Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Shay also offered public installations in New York Public Libraries, Lever House Building, Warner Communications Building, and Rockefeller Plaza.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Modern Art Foundry Casts
World War 1 Monument 
for
Saratoga Park, Brooklyn, NY
SARATOGA PARK MONUMENT (life-size figure and two honor rolls), bronze, 2014

In 1920, James S. J. Novelli, an Italian-American sculptor and prolific monument maker was commissioned to model a World War I monument for Saratoga Park in Brooklyn, NY. The Saratoga Monument consists of a granite plinth and two cast bronze honor rolls listing 106 local soldiers who died during the war that flank a life-size allegorical figure, also cast bronze. It is believed that in 1970, the two honor rolls went missing and in 2000 the figure was stolen. From that time until just a few weeks ago, the granite slab stood bare in Saratoga Park.

The Re-dedication Ceremony at Saratoga Park 
September 10, 2014

 
As part of a city parks restoration contract, working with Fina Gonzalez of WBE Unlimited Corporation, Modern Art Foundry hired professional  sculptor Anatoly S. Mikhailov to model a replica sculpture from photographs and the remaining bronze fragments of the original work. Anatoly has worked for us before, most recently modeling a life-size figure of George M. Steinbrenner III located in the main lobby of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY, and a life-size Abraham Lincoln for a private collector. In addition to modeling and casting the Saratoga figure, the two honor rolls were also recast. 

"It is almost always incredibly interesting and exciting to be part of restoring historically significant work. Using reference documents and images, you feel a sense of time travel as you set out to repeat what was once completed and presented to the public. The process from start to finish is very engaging."  ~ Jeffrey Spring

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Anatoly S. Mikhailov website: www.amcreativeart.com
Photo Credits: Maria Mikhailov